Inventing the Future in Waterloo

12 Feb, 2018

By Waterloo EDC

In Waterloo Region, tech is embedded in everything we build and create. Blessed with the second highest start-up density per capita (outside Silicon Valley), it’s no surprise we have a successful track record of inventing the future.

With a list of companies that is as diverse as it is impressive, it is no wonder globally-recognized names such as Toyota, Google and SAP have decided Waterloo is the place they need to be.

One of the fastest growing communities in Canada and a key partner of the Toronto-Waterloo Corridor – the second largest technology cluster in North America – we are a leader in many established and emerging industries, including Advanced Manufacturing, ICT, Automotive, Business and Financial Services, Food Processing and clusters such as Artificial Intelligence, Quantum and Nanotechnology and Security.

With more than 15,000 jobs in each of the aforementioned industries, Waterloo has a strong foundation for continued growth and economic diversification.

Fueling our pipeline of innovation and achievement is the collection of the best and brightest talent graduating from our highly ranked post-secondary institutions – Conestoga College, Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo – which pioneered the co-operative education experience and provides students with two years relevant industry experience prior to graduation.

The University of Waterloo is home to the largest math faculty in the world and is a global leader in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) research and education. Its unique intellectual property policy allows students and faculty to own all research ideas – one of the factors contributing to a regional population that owns patents at 11 times the national average. Wilfrid Laurier University, a leading business school in Canada, offers the largest business degree co-operative program in the country; and Conestoga College is home to a renowned School of Engineering and IT, one of the most comprehensive apprenticeship and skills training programs in Canada, and the Institute of Food Processing Technology.

Supporting our burgeoning economy is a culture of innovation and collaboration. Home to over 1,100 start-ups and 150 research institutions and incubators, such as WatCAR, the Institute for Quantum Computing, Perimeter Institute, Communitech, Catalyst137, and Velocity, companies located in Waterloo are never short of cutting-edge ideas that will push them to the front of the pack as progressive industry leaders. A true competitive advantage.

In Waterloo, we continue to invent the future.  We know that building the future we desire requires a “roll up your sleeves” team effort. You will be surrounded by supportive and collaborative organizations, such as Communitech, the Accelerator Centre, Catalyst137 – one of the world’s largest IoT manufacturing spaces – and Waterloo EDC, the first point of contact for those looking to locate, relocate or expand to Waterloo.

We have the tools. We have the talent. We have a hunger to make a global impact…and we’re doing it.


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